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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush

MAC 129 Powder/Blush Brush ($34.00) is a is a rounded, dome-shaped brush with a more rounded dome than other brushes. Of MAC’s various face brushes, I do find that the 129 does have a tendency to be scratchier than others, but it is definitely something that gets better with time. After a few washes, the brush is as soft as most MAC brushes, and it feels fluffier than when you first purchase it. It sheds occasionally, but not enough to make me hesitate on purchasing it again. I personally find this is better as a blush or bronzer brush than a powder brush, because it isn’t fluffy enough for my liking when it comes to applying loose or pressed powder all over. MAC does make a short handled version of the 129 (this is a brush of the same quality and caliber as the long handled 129–just to distinguish it from special edition 129 brushes), but I personally prefer longer handles.

How do you like to use this brush?

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The Hit List

Best Conditioner? What product wins this category?

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


Amorous

MAC Dazzleglass Cremes Collection – Sneak Peek Swatches

As promised, here are lip swatches of the three dazzleglass cremes we revealed today! :) Check out Totally Fab & Sublime Shine! Continue reading →

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Beauty Basics: MAC Face Brushes

Beauty Basics is a series covering basic products and tools that help to make applying your makeup easier. To view the entire series to date, be sure to visit the beauty basics, or you can view posts within the series about MAC Face Brushes.

Focus On: MAC 116 Blush Brush

MAC 116 Blush Brush ($32.00) is a natural-haired, tapered, rounded brush. It is smaller than the 129 Blush Brush, and it also feels a bit denser to me. It’s an incredibly soft bristled brush, and it does have some give, but it is still firm. The smaller size of this blush brush relative to other popular blush brushes makes it easier to control where you apply your blush, and it also picks up a good amount of color and deposits it on your cheek without eating it up. Since purchasing this brush, I find myself regularly switching back and forth between this and the 129, and I think I am starting to prefer the 116. I also like this with pressed powder to dust all-over. If you’ve been looking for a brush for more precise blush application, I’d urge you to consider the 116!

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


Amorous, Totally Fab, Sublime Shine

MAC Dazzleglass Cremes Collection Sneak Peek

MAC Dazzleglass Cremes Collection debuts later this fall on September 24th, but we have a little sneak peek for you today, just to whet your appetite.

Dazzleglass cremes are the same shimmery, glittery goodness found in dazzleglass with more color.  Based on the three I tested and played with, they do not really feel like the cremesheen glasses to me. The shimmer in these does seem even more micro-fine than dazzleglass (which I have found gritty in the past), but the formula feels thick (but not goopy), non-sticky, and sheer to semi-opaque (at least, on lips — in swatches they do look fairly opaque).  (Yes, lip swatches to follow… check back in an hour or two!)

With these, I can finally see the buzz around dazzleglasses, and with better color pay off (or any!), I can see myself using these regularly and often!  What do you think? Piqued your interest?  Stomped out your desire?

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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Gilt Groupe is having a sale on Oscar Blandi!   I’m inviting you to join should you like yourself some Oscar Blandi at 30-50% off!   (Gilt is invite-only.)